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    How can you know that HNO3 is nitric acid and HNO2 is nitrous acid? I need to understand this difference between acids.

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    I am going to give you a summary of naming acids. As you have already noticed, naming inorganic acids such as the ones you mentioned above does not have the same rules as naming ionic or covalent compounds. There is a different set of rules used for naming acids, which I will explain to you.

    Acids that are made up of protons joined with an oxoanion (for example, NO3- and SO42+) are called oxoacids. The way ...